WASHINGTON–VA and Kaiser Permanente have entered into a new collaboration “to pool resources and ideas to solve some of the largest and most complex challenges in VA health care,” according to VA.
As part of the partnership, the organizations announced they will research and share best practices in four areas:
- Telehealth and virtual care
- Care of patients who are veterans and who are also members of Kaiser Permanente
- Advanced analytics to use large data sets and population management with appropriate patient privacy protections.
“VA is always on the lookout for opportunities for partnerships with the private sector and other federal agencies to enhance care for veterans,” Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki said in a written statement. “We are proud to partner with Kaiser Permanente for the health and wellbeing of our nation’s veterans.”
This is not the first time VA and Kaiser Permanente have worked together on a major initiative, the organizations pointed out. In 2010, the two organizations launched a pilot program to exchange medical data using the Nationwide Health Information Network.
“Kaiser Permanente is proud to expand our collaboration with VA and tackle some of the biggest challenges in the areas of health care delivery, patient engagement, and spreading best practices,” Kaiser Permanente Senior Vice President for Hospitals, Quality and Care Delivery Excellence Jed Weissberg, MD, said in a written statement.
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